Do you have fewer than two years’ experience covering education? Need extra support and guidance from a veteran of the education beat (and from EWA)?
Apply to join New to the Beat. Now in its sixth year, this popular EWA program offers a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills, connect with peers, and develop your knowledge of the essentials of K-12 and higher education.
Each participant is paired with a skilled mentor who brings extensive experience covering education. The program kicks off with a two-day workshop on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (EWA offers travel scholarships to cover the cost of airfare and hotel.)
Rookies will also be expected to participate in EWA’s 75th National Seminar, to be held in July 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
Please note: The deadline to apply was Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Attendance at the in-person training is required.
The January event will cover beat basics like making the most of open records and how to find and use education research, plus provide a crash course in navigating education policy and politics. Participants will also learn how to use key federal databases, and how to take their writing and interviewing skills to the next level.
The mentorship program lasts six months. You will be required to produce a substantive piece of reporting that reflects your participation in the program, and we need your editor to approve your participation. Both K-12 and higher education reporters are encouraged to apply. (Do you cover preschool or a combination of education beats? We’d love to hear from you.)
In addition to the mentorship and additional support from EWA’s public editor, participants will benefit from specialized programming, webinars, and resources geared to their needs.
Questions? Start with the FAQ, which will also direct you to the online application portal.
If you have additional questions, email EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond.